The National Rifle Association leadership suffered a major defeat in the U.S. Senate today, losing a key vote on a bill that would have radically weakened rules governing the concealed carrying of firearms around the country.
Gun violence prevention advocates across America worked day and night contacting their Senators, convincing them to defeat the gun lobby's dangerous proposal. Today, all their hard work paid off as Senators voted to protect American communities and reject gun lobby threats.
Considering what's been pointed out many times around here, that the anti-gun movement has no grassroots support, this vote is particularly significant. Maybe now's the time for the gun lovers to really start worrying.
My friend Mud_Rake said it best. "A gun owner in Vermont could carry his weapon onto the streets of New York City because Vermont allows it. The weird world of the wacky right-wing!"
Thank goodness this will not become the law of the land.
After today's victory, I am hopeful that our Congress will begin to address proactive measures to reduce gun violence in this country by doing things like requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales, particularly at gun shows.
We've heard a lot about gun rights so far in this Congress. Now is the time to talk about gun responsibilities.
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